An alternative route to Machu Picchu
This tour is a fantastic alternative route to Machu Picchu combining mountain biking, white water rafting and hiking. This action-packed adventure takes you into the Peruvian jungle, along a beautiful section of the original Inca Trail, and finishes in Machu Picchu – one of the most incredible locations on the planet.
You will experience a variety of stunning landscapes including; the Andean mountain range, cloud forest, the Urubamba River and the jungle. We will also have time to explore local banana, coffee, and avocado plantations.
With such a unique and varied itinerary, it’s not hard to see why the Inca Jungle Tour is now one of the most popular routes to Machu Picchu. If you are searching for a multi-sport adventure and want to experience as much of Peru’s wonderful scenery as possible – this is the ideal trip for you.
- Free airport Pick up and drop off
- Travel Assistance 24/7 for any questions or recommendations
- Live history shows: our new way to teach you Inca history full of Fun Spiritual ceremonies performed by our Andean healers
- Cooking lessons and PACHAMANCA demonstration
- Enjoy our hot showers after a long day of hike
- Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
- Meet our multicultural team including women Porters and Chefs
- Visit coca, banana plantations
- Participate in the Coffee process in the native villages
- We promote gender equality and Women´s empowerment
- 2% of the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects
Day 1: Cusco - Pisitayoc (Biking and Rafting)
We will pick up from your hotel at around 6 am and drive to Ollantaytambo where we will have breakfast in a local restaurant. Your adventure starts with a climb to Abra (4,350 m / 14,271 ft) from which point we will get straight on our mountain bikes. Along the ride, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views, pass rural villages and beautiful rivers, and look out for tropical orchids and birds. We will pass two archeological sites: Incatambo and Wamanmarca, stopping in Wamanmarca for a well-earned lunch. After we rest, we will take our private bus to Santa Maria – a stunning place where we will enjoy two hours of white water rafting in the Urubamba River. We will have dinner and spend the night nearby in a rustic lodge.
Biking time: 3.5 to 4 hours
Maximum altitude: 4,350 m / 14,271 ft
Minimum altitude: 1,575 m / 5,167 ft
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Rustic Lodge
Day 2: Pispitayoc – Santa Teresa
Today you will wake up in the middle of the Peruvian jungle from the beautiful sound of the tropical birds. After breakfast and a cup of fresh homemade coffee, we will spend some time exploring the local coffee, coca, banana, and pineapple plantations. After a walking tour of the area, we will begin our hike – using a stunning and original Inca trail that connected Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba. Along the way, we pass avocados, maniocs, oranges, mangos, cacao, coffee, and coca shrubs. After about a 4 hour hike we arrive at Quellomayu, where we will break for lunch. It’s then another 4-hour walk upstream along the Urubamba River to the hot springs of Cocalmayu (pure volcanic water). The water here is believed to be medicinal and is good for your bones and muscles, and relieves stress and headaches. After a relaxing soak in the hot pools, we will take a bus to Santa Teresa and again spend the night in a rustic lodge.
Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
Starting elevation: 1,575 m / 5,167 ft
Campsite elevation: 2,400 m / 7,874 ft
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Rustic Lodge
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Llaqtapata – Aguas Calientes
Today is arguably the most beautiful day of our Trexperience! After enjoying a delicious breakfast we will make our way to Lucmabamba (2,000 m / 6,600 ft), here we will join an original Inca trail, built in the 15th century. We will walk along part of the ancient, lost Inca trail that was only rediscovered a few years ago. We will hike uphill for approximately 3 hours until we reach Llaqtapata; another extraordinary Inca ruin located right in front of Machu Picchu. Here we will take some time to explore, learn about the history of the Incas, and enjoy the beauty of the site. It is then a relatively easy 2 hour downhill trek to the hydroelectric station where we have lunch. After lunch you can take a train or hike (optional) to Aguas Calientes, arriving at around 5 pm. Once in Aguas Calientes your tour guide will take you to your hotel where you will have some time to rest and freshen up. In the evening we will enjoy a final dinner together before spending the night in the hotel.
Campsite Altitude: 2,000 m / 6560 ft
Highest Altitude: 2,600 m / 8,528 ft
Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
Duration: 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch & dinner
Day 4: Machu Picchu (Lost City of the Incas)
On our final day, we have to get up very early to prepare for the highlight of your Trexperience; visiting Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas. We will go straight to the line to wait for the first bus going up to Machu Picchu at 5:30 am. Arriving and while the sky brightens, we will walk for an hour up to the Sun Gate, with incredible views of the city along the way. On a clear day, you can watch the spectacular sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is truly an unforgettable sight. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and then take the train and bus back to Cusco. The Trexperience Team will meet you off the train and return you safely to your hotel.
Highest altitude: 2,700 m / 8,858 ft
Distance: 6 km / 3 miles
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast (hotel)
|Trip Dates||This trip is available all year round||Best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April to October|
|Arrival/Departure Location||Cusco, Peru|
Experienced tour guides
|All taxes and fees
Extras (We are committed to ensuring your trip is as comfortable as possible. We, therefore, provide hand towels, pillows, hand sanitizer, hot water for washing, drinkable water, snacks, daypack covers and rain ponchos.
|Not Included||Trekking poles (pair): $15 to rent
Tips for our staff: Trexperience ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore tipping is optional and at your own discretion
|Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all hikers
Lunch on the last day
All hikers need a warm sleeping bag for camping during the trek. We recommend a sleeping bag that keeps you warm during temperatures as low as -10C. Air mattresses and trekking poles are optional but recommended. If you don’t want to bring all these bulky items from home, you can rent them from us.
- Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
- Valid, Student Card (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given to you on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Hiking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
- A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
- Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)
For your backpacks:
Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you every day of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks cannot be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.
- Hat and sunglasses Rain gear
- Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
- Sun cream, bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- Band-aids, moleskin
- Camera, extra batteries
- Head Torch
- Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
Additional items for your duffel bags:
Trexperience will provide you with a duffel bag in which you can pack any items that you won’t need to keep with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). When rented from us these two items weigh approximately 3.5 kg. During the Inca Trek you will travel through different temperatures as you climb/descend, it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore layers work best!
- Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
- 1-2 hiking pants/trousers
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
- Quick dry towel
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Face moisturizer
- Power bank/battery charger
- Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate
About TreXperience Peru
TreXperience Peru is a 100% local tour operator that aims to maximize the positive effects of tourism on local communities and the environment. They do this by hiring local staff (including porters, chefs, guides, suppliers) and involving them in a sustainable business model that benefits everyone. Additionally, they organize activities that support the development of local communities and promote environmental conservation. These include cultural exchanges, volunteering, direct donations, and clean-up campaigns. Their go by the “leave no trace” philosophy in every single place that they visit and encourage each and every one of their staff, guides, and guests to follow these principles in order to preserve all those magical places in Peru.
Why TOV loves TreXperience Peru
Better Treatment to their Porters: TreXperience Peru understands that in order to ensure 100% guest satisfaction, it is essential for them to take a good care of their workers, who will, in turn, take good care of the customers. During your hike, they will provide you with the best tour guides and chefs, but it is the porters who are more often forgotten. Porters are the backbone of their business and for so many years they have been fighting for better treatment and working conditions.
”This is a personal battle says the founder of Trexperience Peru – I started out as a porter and my father was a porter before me. Working as a porter on the Inca Trail helped me to study, travel around the world, and start my own company. Therefore, Trexperience Peru pledges a number of commitments to our porters:
- To provide a homestay in Cusco for those porters that travel from far away, leaving their families behind, to earn some extra income.
- To provide all meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the least we can do given their tireless work and contribution to our company.
- To provide all porters with proper, high-quality equipment including warm jackets, t-shirts, hiking boots, pants, back support, comfortable backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and this year we started to provide a basic insurance to cover against accidents.
- We always make an effort to work with the poorest communities in which individuals have the greatest need for a job or extra income. These include Lares, Ocongate, and Paucartambo. These are farming communities and the opportunity to work as a porter allows families to offer a better future for their children by putting them through education.”
Environmental Commitment and Projects: They are extremely proud to work with local communities and to help protect the environment; they love the places they visit and are dedicated to preserving them.
To ensure this, Trexperience has partnered with other companies to build a greenhouse in the community of Parompampa; located 2 hours from Cusco. They are growing vegetables and native trees and they encourage you to come and visit us!
Some of the vegetables they grow in their greenhouse are: spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, beets , carrots, chives, and mint They then invite members from local villages to take one of each and plant them back in their communities. They also provide them with some basic farming training to ensure it is a successful and sustainable program.
Native trees such as Tara, Queuña, Molle, Chachacoma, Aguaymanto, and Retama: When you plant a new tree, you create new life. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the environment, attract native birds and help to maintain a clean water supply. They are working extremely hard to grow new trees that will later be donated to local communities. They also organize a group of volunteers to go and plant them.
Safety and Security: Safety and security is their absolute top priority. They have an excellent record in terms of safety throughout the operation of all their treks. Their team of professional guides has undertaken training with the AHA (American Heart Association) as well as NOLS Wilderness medicine.
Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems and oxygen with them at all times. They are very experienced in dealing with common issues associated with the altitude or the environment and know how to make you feel better. In the extremely rare case that something unexpected happens and you no longer feel you can complete the trek, your guide will figure out the safest and quickest way to get you to the nearest clinic.
You will never be left alone and you will have a member of the team to escort you every step of the way until you are safe with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, they will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling comfortably by train.